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How CATS Can Increase Productivity

When your business depends on exporting goods to other countries, the question comes up often: Should we manage our own product certifications? Or should we outsource our compliance to the experts?
Certification management systems, like the Certificate Alert and Tracking System from G&M Compliance, allow companies to get the best of both worlds: input and guidance from a seasoned compliance professional with ease of a self-service system.
Product certification management helps companies keep track of expiration, renewals, new standards, and other important developments in compliance. But they have another benefit that many companies overlook: increasing productivity for the entire organization. Free up resources for other important work With a certification management system like CATS, you can focus company resources on other, more pressing needs. No need for your staff to track the introduction and implementation of new standards around the world, and no need to undertake major pro…
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EAC Certificate vs. EAC Declaration: Which one makes sense for me?

What Is a Product Certification Management Service?

“Product certification management” is the professional service of guiding designers, manufacturers, and importers through the certification process to comply with the regulations of different markets around the world. This includes deciding which standards apply to certain products, then managing the testing of the products, the inspection of the facilities (if necessary), and securing the actual certification documents to demonstrate compliance.
A product certification management service handles many steps of the compliance process, including: Understanding the product and its function to determine applicable standards.Identifying which regulation(s) apply to the product in each market area.Working with regulatory officials and organizations in each market area to understand unique requirements.Coordinating product testing, either independently or at a certified testing facility (depending on the requirements of the market in question).Coordinating facility inspections for regulatory …

EAC Certificate vs. EAC Declaration: Which One Makes Sense for Me?

If you are exporting goods to Russia or other member states of the Eurasian Economic Union, chances are you are familiar with EAC certification. But too many manufacturers are uncertain what type of certification they need to demonstrate compliance with EAC regulations: EAC Certificate, EAC Declaration, or something else entirely?
Read on to learn more about when to pursue an EAC Certificate vs. an EAC Declaration for your product, or contact G&M Compliance to learn more about the EAC certification process. What is the EAC Certificate?An EAC certificate can only be granted after a quality assessment by an independent certification body that is accredited by the Eurasian Economic Union and its member states. The quality assessment may include providing technical documents, testing product samples, and conducting a factory audit at the manufacturing facility. To obtain an EAC Certificate, companies typically need a local agent who will represent the manufacturers in Russia, Armenia,…

EAC Certification: Frequently Asked Questions

Any product entering Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan must be compliant with the regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union. Here are some of the most common questions about Eurasian Conformity (EAC) certification, including the EAC Certificate, EAC Declaration, and more: What is the Eurasian Economic Union? The Eurasian Economic Union was founded in 2014 by Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus and expanded in 2015 to include Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. It now represents all five countries as a single market with uniform customs regulations. The Eurasian Economic Union, also known as the Customs Union, has consistent technical regulations represented by the EAC Mark and the EAC certification process.
What are the EAC Regulations? The EAC regulations, used by all five member states of the Eurasian Economic Union, spell out health and safety requirements for products sold within the single market area. There are also regulations for security, environmental protections, and othe…

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The Pros and Cons of Managing Product Certification

Getting and keeping product certifications is a huge part of keeping your business running smoothly. But the question remains: should you manage certifications yourself, or entrust someone else to do it for you?

The answer depends on how much time (and how many resources) you want to devote to compliance. If you want a team of experts on your side without training or hiring staff, investing in a compliance consultant or agency may be the best option. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of managing certification in-house:
Cons of managing your own certification: Strain on resources Managing product certifications is not an easy task. Whoever is responsible for obtaining and maintaining certifications must understand the applicable regulations for each market, keep up with any changes, and track renewals and expirations at all times.

If you manage certifications in-house, be prepared to invest resources in training existing employees to meet compliance requirements or hiring …